Factors Associated With Emotional Satisfaction During First Anal Intercourse in a Sample of YMSM

Renata Arrington-Sanders, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Pamela Matson, David S. Novak, J. Fortenberry

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We sought to determine, in a sample of 2,813 HIV seronegative young men who had sex with other men age 18–24, whether physical satisfaction would explain emotional satisfaction during first anal intercourse and whether emotional satisfaction would impact having sex with a partner a second time. Emotional satisfaction was explained mostly by physical satisfaction during the event, but partner type also had direct impact on emotional satisfaction. Our findings suggest that first anal intercourse experiences in young men are both emotionally and physically satisfying and may impact subsequent sexual behavior and partner decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
StateAccepted/In press - Feb 18 2016



  • Emotional satisfaction
  • first anal intercourse
  • sexual development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education

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